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Guide to sports lighting levels

Lighting levels for exterior sports lighting are considerably lower than daylight levels and usually lower than for the same sport played indoors. This is because there is generally greater subject contrast outdoors, with a dark sky backdrop, giving good adaptation levels. Illuminance levels are dependent upon the difficulty of the visual task.

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Guide to sports lighting levels In general, fast action, a small playing object (cricket Most recommendations of individual sports lighting ball) and long viewing distance will require high lighting levels are divided into classes of play: levels. A slower speed, larger playing object (football) and closer viewing distance will require lower lighting Class I - Top Level Competition. levels. Exterior sports lighting is provided to achieve Class II - Intermediate Level Competition. either supervised training, club, national, international or Class III - Lower Level Competition & Supervised CTV coverage. Training. Various lighting guides and lighting specifications are available, recommending appropriate illuminance levels for individual sports. Within Europe, a European Standard exists covering minimum sports lighting levels EN 12193:2007. In addition many sports governing bodies also provide separate specific lighting requirements. Lighting for CTV broadcasting has specific requirements and recommendations (CIE No.83:1989). The table below provides a selection of recommended lighting levels for principle sports in accordance with EN 12193:2007.

Recommendations of Minimum Lighting Levels
(Table 1)

Illuminance Level (Em. Horizontal) Lux * (Non CTV) Sport
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Class II

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Sport Em Lux

Guide to sports lighting levels

Class I Uo Min/ave 0.7 0.7 0.5 0.7 0.7 0.7 0.5 0.7 0.7 0.7 0.6 0.7 0.7 0.7 0.7 Em Lux 200 500 300 200 200 500 300 200 200 200 100 200 200 300 200

Class II Uo Min/ave 0.5 0.7 0.5 0.6 0.7 0.7 0.5 0.7 0.6 0.7 0.4 0.6 0.6 0.7 0.6 Em Lux 50 to 100 300 200 75 100 300 200 100 75 200 50 75 75 200 75

Class III Uo Min/ave 0.5 0.5 0.3 0.5 0.5 0.5 0.3 0.5 0.5 0.7 0.2 0.5 0.5 0.6 0.5 I 50 50 50 50 50 50 50 50 50 50 50 50 50 50 50 II 55 50 50 50 50 50 50 50 50 50 50 50 50 50 50 III 55 55 55 55 50 55 55 55 55 55 55 55 55 55 55

Athletics Baseball Basketball Bowls (Flat Green) Cricket Grounds Equestrian Football (soccer) Hockey Horse racing Netball Rugby Tennis Volleyball Sq Field In Fld Out Fld

500 750 500 500 300 750 500 500 500 500 200 500 500 500 500

* Em is the Maintained Illuminance Level (specification level) and is the design illuminance level, below which the lighting should not be allowed to fall during the period to planned maintenance. Whilst every endeavour is undertaken to provide accurate information, Abacus Lighting recommends that the relevant sport guides and standards or the appropriate individual sport governing body be consulted to ensure full compliance with requirements. Caution: Lighting specifications for locations outside UK may differ from those stated on this web site. Home About Abacus History and people Recruitment News Facebook Twitter Applications Airports Ports Amenity and architectural Car park Sport Industrial and commercial Education and BSF Road and rail Wind energy Telecommunications Products Amenity and architectural lighting Sports and area floodlights Car park and road lighting Columns, base-hinged and fixed High mast systems Telescopic masts Services Design Installation Maintenance Training Bespoke structures Fabrication services Technical Photometry Brochure library Media News Movies Facebook Twitter feed Contact Head office Abacus Worldwide Telephone +44 (0)1623 511 111
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